Apostle Sammy C. Smith was born in 1957 to Deacon Sam and Mother Dorothy Smith. God has always had a great influence on his life; from the loving prayers of his mother to the call of ministry that was revealed to him by God. This vision is to pastor thousands, evangelize millions, and reach billions. This is to be accomplished by reaching homes, neighborhoods, communities, cities, counties, states, regions, countries and the world.
Apostle Sammy C. Smith attended the University of South Carolina, Sumter Campus, and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Morris College, Sumter, South Carolina. His prolific style of preaching has made him one of the most sought after evangelists in the Carolinas and the United States.
A vision to build a ministry which would glorify God began with a Gospel Service on Shaw Air Force Base in November of 1984. Many were saved and brought into a greater awareness of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Because of his commitment to God, the ministry grew.
The ministry outgrew the small Shaw AFB chapel and in April 1987, moved to downtown Sumter to become Grace Cathedral Church Of God In Christ. The ministry consisted of an active membership of over 300 adults. In May of 1991, the ministry moved to 307 W. Oakland Ave. On October 1999, the church moved in to a new edifice location at 60 Oswego Road. With this transition the emergence of Grace Cathedral Ministries was birthed.
Apostle Smith is a conference speaker, and has conducted revivals and seminars throughout the country. His unique preaching and teaching ministry brings revelation to the body of Christ under a prophetic anointing. As Apostle Smith sought the leading and direction of the Holy Spirit, he began providing spiritual guidance and leadership to the pastors of four churches. It is from these relationships that Grace Cathedral Christian Fellowship was birthed.
The consecration and ordination service of Grace Cathedral Christian Fellowship, held on Saturday, October 26, 2002, marked a beginning of a new movement that established Apostle Sammy C. Smith as the founding Bishop of the movement.
In 2006, God continued to speak to Apostle Smith about his vision of expanding the ministry. Out of this expansion came the birth of Grace Cathedral Ministries in Greenville, South Carolina. Its first service was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel with over seventy five persons in attendance.
As God began to pour out his revelation through Apostle Smith, God provided the first Grace Cathedral Ministries Greenville edifice located at 710 South Pleasantburg Drive. God allowed the ministry to outgrow this edifice in less than two years, and from that growth the ministry moved to its current edifice on Poinsett Highway.
Apostle Smith is a man after God's own heart, and he is truly committed to "Reaching the Lost At Any Cost."